Edmonton Sun | 02May2010 | Orest Slepokura

Censorship circumvented

British MP George Galloway says it “defies common sense and logic” that he can travel widely in the U.S. and sit in the British Parliament, but was denied entry into Canada to deliver lectures at several universities. What Galloway has to understand is that where free speech is concerned, Canadians are either provincial, or sectarian, or political. It’s always a bit of a toss-up for the controversial speakers. An Ann Coulter might be let in to speak, but protesters will disrupt the event. Our world in 2010 is not the censorship-friendly place it once was, given the vast reach of modern communications technology. Galloway, for example, spoke to his audience via video link-up. Still, mature people will always counter perceived bad ideas with the civil expression of better ideas.

Orest Slepokura

(Either that beats censorship, or technology will.)